No one is happy 100% of the time, but there are things we can do to help lift our mood, even while we’re isolating at home. Try these positivity-boosting strategies to help you look on the bright side.
- Set your mind on being happy – Happiness is a choice, but a hard one to remember, and starting each day with a positive attitude helps to get you in the right mindset. Set a reminder in your phone after your alarm that just says “Happy”, to remind yourself of your new habit.
- Meditate – In mindfulness meditation, you’re learning how to pay attention to the breath as it goes in and out, and notice when the mind wanders from this task. This practice of returning to the breath builds the muscles of attention and mindfulness.
- Do something for someone else – Giving back is a good way to boost your spirits and research shows giving time makes you feel better than giving money.
- Call a friend – We’re social beings and reaching out and connecting with someone you care about can help you feel better.
- Cultivate gratitude – One of the best ways to feel happier is to remember all you have to be thankful for. It’s about shifting your focus from what you don’t have or want to appreciating what’s good about your life.
- Savor the moment – Like Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it.” We’re all busy, but taking time to enjoy the little things can help us stay positive.
- Move – Not only is exercise good for your body, it can improve your outlook, too. It releases endorphins, which make us feel physically good, reduce stress, and improve mood.
- Choose time over stuff – We tend to want to have all the things, but material possessions don’t make us feel happier, that’s why we keep buying. Spending money on experiences, like traveling, has been shown to lead to greater fulfillment than objects.Now might be a fun time to plan your next vacation.